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A midafternoon thunderstorm couldn’t stop the flood of flesh that was the Philly Naked Bike Ride.
Considered second in size only to Portland’s, the body-positivity event has been held in Philadelphia since 2009, attracting thousands to strip down and mount up — often decorated with colorful body paint or other creative accoutrements.
Organizers were determined to make this summer’s ride work after getting derailed by the pandemic last year. To follow the city’s COVID regulation, they adopted the mantra of “clothes off, masks on,” and it appeared most participants followed the rules.
Riders gathered Saturday at the starting point at Glendinning Rock Garden to disrobe and apply body paint. Around 5 p.m., they followed ride leaders on a route that snaked through many different neighborhoods, eventually ending nearby in Matthias Baldwin Park.
Scroll down to check out photos from the 2021 ride.